December 03, 2009
| by Steven Castle
Side panels add Stargate ambiance, but also function as acoustic panels to help absorb the sound.
Faux-finished walls give the room a rough, steel effect.
The fiber-optic starscape from Numinus shows comets appearing in every 30 seconds to one minute intervals. Cove lighting in the dome can be adjusted to create different effects, like that of galactic clouds.
Can You Do That?
Ka-ching, you’re thinking. And yes, this Stargate-themed theater did cost a bundle. What do you think it cost?
1. About $200,000.
2. About $150,000.
3. About $70,000.
If you answered $200,000, you’re wrong. But that was a quote from another company to do this theater. (And they didn’t get the job.)
If you answered $150,000, you’re also wrong . But according to Phil Chaney of audio/video installer and room designer Visual Concepts in Louisville, Ky., that would have been about the cost had a lot of different designers worked on the project.
Visual Concepts, he explains, has an in-house interior designer on staff, and the company also has partnerships with other vendors like Sound Answer of Nashville, Tenn., which did the acoustical treatments; and that helps to keep costs down.
That brings us to the real cost of this theater: about $70,000. It’s still a huge chunk of money, especially in this economy. And it goes to show you that you can splurge on something like a highly themed theater and save some money at the same time.
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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates